Despite a flashy shutdown announcement, the Pirate Bay is still serving tons of illegal content torrents.
Now, major label divisions in Sweden are demanding a real shutdown and retribution against the Pirate Bay operators.
Swedish courts recently ruled against Pirate Bay operators Fredrik Neij and Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, ordering a site termination and fines for non-compliance. But penalties have been deferred pending an appeal, and linking the site to Neij and Warg could be difficult. That is rankling content owners, and majors Universal Music Group, EMI Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group have filed a motion with the Stockholm District Court to expedite the fines and terminate the site.
Neij and Warg were initially handed fines of 500,000 Swedish kronor (US$71,000) each. Neij claims no involvement with the site, and according to Torrentfreak, both currently reside outside of Sweden.
Report by Alexandra Osorio.